kelly wahlquist

Catholic Evangelist & Speaker

Kelly Wahlquist is a dynamic and inspiring Catholic speaker whose gift of weaving personal stories and Scripture together with practical advice allows her audience to enter more fully into what Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict have called us into - to be witnesses of our faith and part of the New Evangelization.

A Clean Start

A clean desktop on my iMac, makes life seem less stressful and offers a good metaphor for life: Clean your heart, simplify your life!


There's always been something about a clean space that has made me think, work, create better. Perhaps that's one way I am made in the Image and Likeness of God; for, He too began with a clean slate... actually, He began with a "formless wasteland and darkness covered the abyss." Now, I'll admit my iMac may at times seem like a formless wasteland as I get in a rut of saving things too quickly to my desktop, but what a wonderful feeling to see it all wiped clean and actually witness the beauty of the picture that lies underneath. 

This too is how I feel in life sometimes. I get in a rut with sin... same old sins, just increasing in quality and quantity and piling up on the desktop of my soul. How blessed I am to have the forgiveness of my Heavenly Father. To know, without doubt, that the Sacrament of Reconciliation brings forgiveness of sins and a restoring to God's grace is one of my favorite things about being Catholic. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that those receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation with a contrite heart experience a true spiritual resurrection, which is followed by a peace and serenity of conscience. That's it! That is the beauty I experience as I am joined in an intimate friendship with my Creator. That is the wiping clean of my spiritual desktop and a revealing of the beauty God has place in me... the beauty of His image... the ultimate screensaver! 

Sometimes a clean desktop is all I need to ensure a good night's sleep, but always a clean soul is what I need to ensure serenity of heart... and safeguard me from having to undergo a total reboot.

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